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Analysis: How Do House Budget Cuts Affect Your School District?

Pennsylvania House of Representatives approved budget made significant changes to the Governor‰’s proposed allocations to school districts and charter...

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A Strong State Commitment to Public Education, A Must Have for Pennsylvania’s Children

This report examines school funding in Pennsylvania, focusing on the city of Philadelphia and on other low-income school districts....

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Senate Bill Eliminating Property Taxes Largely Unchanged by Amendment

The proposed amendment to SB 76 does not fundamentally alter the many structural deficiencies of the legislation. SB 76,...

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Apocalypse Not: Severance Taxes and Industry Exit in the Marcellus Shale

In this paper, the economics of a typical unconventional gas well in the Marcellus Shale from the point of...

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Increasingly Unequal in Pennsylvania: Income Inequality, 1917 to 2011

A slow but steady erosion of labor standards, tax policies designed to benefit corporations and the wealthy, and unchecked...

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Webinar: Exaggerating the Employment Impacts of Shale Drilling: How and Why

This webinar lays out the facts on shale drilling’s impact on job creation in the six states that span...

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Report – State Funding Cuts Raising Tuition and Putting Higher Education Out of Reach for Many Families (revised)

Deep state funding cuts have major consequences for public colleges and universities. The cuts have led to both steep...

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Reform, Not Repeal: Pennsylvania Can Provide Property Tax Relief and Protect Public Schools

This paper examines the roles between property taxes and public education in Pennsylvania. Eliminating school property taxes, as some...

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Local Cigarette Taxes: Improving Public Health and Investing in the Community

This report reveals how several American cities have raised cigarette taxes as a public health measure and to generate...

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Gas Production Booms, Drillers’ Corporate Tax Payments Plummet

Pennsylvania should move ahead with a severance tax that is comparable to that imposed by neighboring West Virginia. General...

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The Shale Tipping Point: The Relationship of Drilling to Crime, Truck Fatalities, STDs, and Rents in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio

Considerable evidence indicates that shale development in Pennsylvania has followed a similar trajectory as hydro-fracking, with documented increased traffic,...

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Cutting 90,000 Pennsylvania Women from the SelectPlan for Women Program Is Bad Policy

The Department of Public Welfare (DPW) will end family planning coverage for almost 90,000 low income women currently enrolled...

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